Wednesday May 7 2014
Rossi: I must prove fitness

Fiorentina’s Giuseppe Rossi says he will have to prove his fitness if he is to make Italy’s World Cup squad this summer.

The forward is only just making his comeback to the Viola first-team, having sustained knee ligament damage in January.

The 27-year-old scored for the first time since his return during last night’s 4-3 defeat to Sassuolo but believes it will take more than form for Cesare Prandelli to select him for Brazil.

“These have been tough months,” Rossi said at a Press conference today. “I did a lot of work with the physiotherapist Buongiorno and had a lot of help from my family and the team.

“I need to say thank you to everyone who has helped me.

“Yesterday’s goal? It was very nice, but unfortunately it was our second goal when Sassuolo already had four!

“The national team? I need to play to go, but I need to show I am in good physical shape and that I am capable of helping the team.

“I am thinking about it, but there are still a lot of things to do with the Viola. We need to tie up fourth place and then finish the season well against Torino in front of our own fans.

“I’m not fearing anything, I’m just sorry that I wasn’t able to continue after four fantastic months.

“But fear has never come into it, my desire to get back to playing well out on the pitch has always been stronger than any fear.

“I am ready to play on Sunday and against Torino. My knee is fine, though of course there is always room for improvement.

“I think that the team we have now is strong. This year we have been unlucky, with Mario Gomez’s injury and also Borja Valero’s four match suspension.

“I am proud of this team and of what it has achieved. We have two matches to play and we need to finish the season in the best possible way."

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